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Performing Leadership: Observations from the World of Music

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  • Ralph Bathurst

    () (School of Management, Massey University, Albany Campus, Private Bag 102904 North Shore, MSC, Auckland, New Zealand)

  • Donna Ladkin

    () (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, BEDS MK43 0AL, UK)

Abstract

This paper explores leadership as an emergent social process. We begin by discussing and contesting the tradition privileging linear management processes, and offer as a counterpoint accounts of distributed leadership out of which our focus on leadership as a plural process grows. Our concept of leadership as a plural process is enriched by an inquiry into musical ensembles with formal leaders as well as those which are leaderless that find ways of moving collectively towards shared goals. The specific issues that we explore are: personal preparation, expressing readiness to begin, establishing a way of operating, and dealing with unexpected problems as they arise. We conclude by speculating about how these elements could inform our understanding of how leadership arises from teams beyond the musical world.

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  • Ralph Bathurst & Donna Ladkin, 2012. "Performing Leadership: Observations from the World of Music," Administrative Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(1), pages 1-21, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jadmsc:v:2:y:2012:i:1:p:99-119:d:16742
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    1. Sally Maitlis, 2003. "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Understanding Failure in Organizational Strategizing," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(1), pages 109-139, January.
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    Keywords

    ensemble-consciousness; group leadership; hierarchy; jazz; narrative; orchestra; structure;

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    • M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics
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    • M1 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M15 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - IT Management
    • M16 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - International Business Administration
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